Darrell “Joe” Couillard, age 54, of 8395 P.5 Road, Gladstone, MI died unexpectedly Thursday March 9, 2006 at the University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona. Joe was born January 1, 1952 in Eckerman, MI the son of Oliver and Delores (Kesick) Couillard. He was raised in the Perkins area and was a 1970 graduate of Perkins High School. While at Perkins High he excelled at basketball and scored over 1000 career points. After working for a few years, Joe attended Northern Michigan University.
Joe was united in marriage to the former Victoria LaFave on December 29, 1970 in Marquette and they made their home in Gladstone. From 1984 to 1986 they resided in Memphis, TN until they relocated to Flagstaff, AZ where Joe was employed as a Terminal Manager with Ruan Trucking and Leasing Co. Joe had to retire in 1998 due to illness. In 2004 they returned to the Gladstone area to be close to friends and family.
Joe’s passion in life was spending time with his family, especially his four (4) grandchildren whom he adored. His other passion in life was hunting. The pinnacle of his hunting career was being drawn for a prestigious big horn sheep hunt in the rugged desert of Arizona. There is a less than 1% chance of being selected for this hunt and Joe got his trophy sheep. Joe was a lifetime member of the N.R.A., a member of Ducks Unlimited, and a member of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians.
In addition to his beloved wife Victoria, survivors include:
2 Sons: Joseph (Laura) Couillard of Yorktown, VA; Jeremy (Gina) Couillard of Flagstaff, AZ
6 Brothers: Dwayne (Cheryl) Couillard of Perkins, MI; Larry (Cindy) Couillard of Soo Hill, MI; Allan (Judy) Kesick of Rapid River, MI; William Dunlop of Escanaba, MI; Dan Dunlop of Marinette, WI; Gary Dunlop of Escanaba, MI
3 Sisters: Cheryl (Marty) Sagataw of Harris, MI; Francine (Marc) Loper of Petosky, MI; Louise (Chris) Beauchamp of Soo Hill, MI
The light of Joe